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CHLORAMPHENICOL EYE OINTMENT 1% BP

Active substance: CHLORAMPHENICOL

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Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment 1% w/w
Chloramphenicol
Read all this leaflet carefully before you use Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, please ask your doctor or pharmacist
• This medicine has been prescribed for you personally and you should not pass it on to others.
It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours
• If any of the side effects become serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist

In this leaflet:
1. What Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment is and
what it is used for
2. Before you use Chloramphenicol Eye
Ointment
3. How to use Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment
4. Possible side-effects
5. Storing Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment
6. Further information
This leaflet contains a summary of the
information available for this medicine. You
should ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are
unsure about any aspect of this medicine.

1. What Chloramphenicol Eye
Ointment is and what it is used
for
Chloramphenicol belongs to a group of
medicines called antibiotics. An antibiotic is
a medicine which is used for the treatment
of a variety of infections caused by bacteria.
Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment is used in the
treatment of eye infections caused by bacteria.

2. Before you use Chloramphenicol
Eye Ointment
Do not use Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment
if:
• you are allergic (hypersensitive) to
chloramphenicol or to any of the ingredients
listed in section 6 of this leaflet.
Take special care with Chloramphenicol Eye
Ointment.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if:
• you are pregnant, trying for a baby or are
breast-feeding.
• you wear contact lenses
• you have ever had an allergic reaction to this
or any other medicine
• you or someone in your family suffer from
problems with your blood (aplastic anaemia)
or bone marrow problems
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have
recently taken any other medicines, including
medicines obtained without a prescription.
Medicines which may interact with
Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment include:
• the dietary supplement chymotrypsin.
• any other medicines that are likely to slow
down the bone marrow production of blood
cells (bone marrow depression)

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment should not
be used if you are pregnant, trying to become
pregnant or are breast-feeding.
Driving and using machines
Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment can cause
temporary blurring of vision after application.
Wait until your vision is clear before driving or
using machines.

3. How to use Chloramphenicol Eye
Ointment
Always read the leaflet before beginning
treatment.
If the eye(s) have an obvious discharge
or ‘crust’ they may be bathed with boiled
and cooled water before treating with
Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment.
If you wear contact lenses they must
be removed whilst you are using
Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment. You should
wait 24 hours after you use your last dose of
Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment before starting
to use your lenses again.
Instructions for use
1. Wash your hands well before use
2. Remove the outer cap. You may find it easier
to apply your ointment in front of a mirror.
3. Tilt the head back and pull the lower lid of
the eye out to form a pocket
4. Hold the tube between the thumb and
middle finger of the other hand, turn the
tube upside down near to the eye, try not to
touch the eye with the nozzle
5. Place about half an inch of the ointment
into the pocket formed between the lid and
the eye
6. Blink the eye a few times
7. Repeat in the other eye if you have been
told to use Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment
in both eyes
8. Replace the outer cap on the tube, trying
not to touch the applicator tip with
anything, including the eye or the fingers
9. Wash your hands
Continued overleaf

How much to use
Apply Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment every
three hours or more frequently as advised by
your doctor.
OR
Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment can be applied
at night with appropriate eye drops used
during the day.
Do not use Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment
more often or for a longer period than your
doctor has directed.
Seek further immediate medical advice any
time if symptoms worsen.
Consult with your doctor if your eye infection
does not start to improve within 48 hours.
Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment is for external
use only. If you suspect someone has
swallowed any Chloramphenicol, contact your
doctor or go to the accident and emergency
department of your local hospital at once.
Always take the container with you, if possible,
even if empty.
If you forget to use Chloramphenicol Eye
Ointment
Try not to miss doses. If you do miss a dose, do
not worry, just carry on as normal. Do not use
extra ointment to make up.

4. Possible Side Effects
Like all medicines Chloramphenicol Eye
Ointment can cause side effects, although not
everyone gets them.
Possible side effects include:
• burning
• itching
• mild stinging
• mild inflammation of the skin (dermatitis).
• irritation
Rare side effects include:
• bone marrow depression (a condition where
the marrow is unable to produce blood cells)
• a reduced production and death of red blood
cells (anaemia)
• in very young children, grey baby syndrome.
Prolonged use of Chloramphenicol Eye
Ointment is not advised. You should not use
this product for longer than 5 days at a time
unless your doctor has told you otherwise.

5. Storing Chloramphenicol Eye
Ointment
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment
after the expiry date printed on the crimp seal
of the tube. The expiry date refers to the last
day of that month. Once the tube is open use
within 4 weeks.
You are advised to dispose of the tube once
you have finished your 5 day course of
treatment.
This medicine needs to be stored in the
original carton in order to protect from light.
This medicine needs to be stored below 25°C.
Medicines should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no
longer required. The measures will help to
protect the environment.

6. Further Information
What Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment
contains
The active ingredient is Chloramphenicol
1.0% w/w.
The other ingredients are Liquid Paraffin, Wool
Fat and Yellow Soft Paraffin.
What Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment looks
like and contents of the pack
Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment is supplied in
plastic tubes, each tube containing 4 grams of
sterile eye ointment.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Martindale Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Bampton
Road, Romford, RM3 8UG, England
Manufacturer:
Farmigea S.p.A. Via G.B.  8 – 56121, Pisa, Italy
If you would like any more information, or
would like the leaflet in a different format,
please contact Medical Information at the
above address.
Product Licence Numbers: PL 00156/0049

HK - 09069
This leaflet was last updated: March 2012

Serious side effects are possible if you are
pregnant. If you become pregnant during your
course of treatment, stop immediately and
consult your doctor.
If any of the side effects get serious, or if you
notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment 1% w/w
Chloramphenicol

In this leaflet:
1. What Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment is and
what it is used for
2. Before you use Chloramphenicol Eye
Ointment
3. How to use Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment
4. Possible side-effects
5. Storing Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment
6. Further information
This leaflet contains a summary of the
information available for this medicine. You
should ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are
unsure about any aspect of this medicine.

1. What Chloramphenicol Eye
Ointment is and what it is used
for
Chloramphenicol belongs to a group of
medicines called antibiotics. An antibiotic is
a medicine which is used for the treatment
of a variety of infections caused by bacteria.
Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment is used in the
treatment of eye infections caused by bacteria.

2. Before you use Chloramphenicol
Eye Ointment
Do not use Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment
if:
• you are allergic (hypersensitive) to
chloramphenicol or to any of the ingredients
listed in section 6 of this leaflet.
Take special care with Chloramphenicol Eye
Ointment.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if:
• you are pregnant, trying for a baby or are
breast-feeding.
• you wear contact lenses
• you have ever had an allergic reaction to this
or any other medicine
• you or someone in your family suffer from
problems with your blood (aplastic anaemia)
or bone marrow problems
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have
recently taken any other medicines, including
medicines obtained without a prescription.
Medicines which may interact with
Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment include:
• the dietary supplement chymotrypsin.
• any other medicines that are likely to slow
down the bone marrow production of blood
cells (bone marrow depression)

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment should not
be used if you are pregnant, trying to become
pregnant or are breast-feeding.
Driving and using machines
Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment can cause
temporary blurring of vision after application.
Wait until your vision is clear before driving or
using machines.

3. How to use Chloramphenicol Eye
Ointment
Always read the leaflet before beginning
treatment.
If the eye(s) have an obvious discharge or ‘crust’
they may be bathed with boiled and cooled
water before treating with Chloramphenicol
Eye Ointment.
If you wear contact lenses they must be
removed whilst you are using Chloramphenicol
Eye Ointment. You should wait 24 hours after
you use your last dose of Chloramphenicol Eye
Ointment before starting to use your lenses
again.
Instructions for use
1. Wash your hands well before use
2. Remove the outer cap. You may find it easier
to apply your ointment in front of a mirror.
3. Tilt the head back and pull the lower lid of
the eye out to form a pocket
4. Hold the tube between the thumb and
middle finger of the other hand, turn the
tube upside down near to the eye, try not to
touch the eye with the nozzle
5. Place about half an inch of the ointment into
the pocket formed between the lid and the
eye
6. Blink the eye a few times
7. Repeat in the other eye if you have been
told to use Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment
in both eyes
8. Replace the outer cap on the tube, trying
not to touch the applicator tip with
anything, including the eye or the fingers
9. Wash your hands
Continued overleaf

How much to use
Apply Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment every
three hours or more frequently as advised by
your doctor.
OR
Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment can be applied
at night with appropriate eye drops used
during the day.
Do not use Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment
more often or for a longer period than your
doctor has directed.
Seek further immediate medical advice any
time if symptoms worsen.
Consult with your doctor if your eye infection
does not start to improve within 48 hours.
Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment is for external
use only. If you suspect someone has
swallowed any Chloramphenicol, contact your
doctor or go to the accident and emergency
department of your local hospital at once.
Always take the container with you, if possible,
even if empty.
If you forget to use Chloramphenicol Eye
Ointment
Try not to miss doses. If you do miss a dose, do
not worry, just carry on as normal. Do not use
extra ointment to make up.

4. Possible Side Effects
Like all medicines Chloramphenicol Eye
Ointment can cause side effects, although not
everyone gets them.
Possible side effects include:
• burning
• itching
• mild stinging
• mild inflammation of the skin (dermatitis).
• irritation
Rare side effects include:
• bone marrow depression (a condition where
the marrow is unable to produce blood cells)
• a reduced production and death of red blood
cells (anaemia)
• in very young children, grey baby syndrome.
Prolonged use of Chloramphenicol Eye
Ointment is not advised. You should not use
this product for longer than 5 days at a time
unless your doctor has told you otherwise.

5. Storing Chloramphenicol Eye
Ointment
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment
after the expiry date printed on the crimp seal
of the tube. The expiry date refers to the last
day of that month. Once the tube is open use
within 4 weeks.
You are advised to dispose of the tube once you
have finished your 5 day course of treatment.
This medicine needs to be stored in the original
carton in order to protect from light. This
medicine needs to be stored below 25°C.
Medicines should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no
longer required. The measures will help to
protect the environment.

6. Further Information
What Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment
contains
The active ingredient is Chloramphenicol
1.0% w/w.
The other ingredients are Liquid Paraffin, Wool
Fat and Yellow Soft Paraffin.
What Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment looks
like and contents of the pack
Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment is supplied in
plastic tubes, each tube containing 4 grams of
sterile eye ointment.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Martindale Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Bampton
Road, Romford, RM3 8UG, England
Manufacturer:
TUBILUX PHARMA S.p.A.
Via Costarica 20/22,
00040, Pomezia (RM),
ITALY
If you would like any more information, or
would like the leaflet in a different format,
please contact Medical Information at the
above address.
Product Licence Numbers: PL 00156/0049

HK - 09069
This leaflet was last updated: March 2012

Serious side effects are possible if you are
pregnant. If you become pregnant during your
course of treatment, stop immediately and
consult your doctor.
If any of the side effects get serious, or if you
notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

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Read all this leaflet carefully before you use Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, please ask your doctor or pharmacist
• This medicine has been prescribed for you personally and you should not pass it on to others.
It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours
• If any of the side effects become serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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